The Resilient Cardinal

Because You Matter

October 2020

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Cardinal Care Website

Click here for information on family supports, therapists available in each school, and staff supports. Staff supports include information on supports available, staff links, and the elementary and secondary referral process.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Information

On the November 23rd and November 24th professional development days our district will be training over 300 staff members in Youth Mental Health First Aid. Secondary classroom teachers and administrators will be trained on November 23rd, and Elementary classroom teachers and administrators will be trained on November 24th.

There have been several changes that have taken place in this training to make it virtual. One of the biggest changes is that there needs to be 2 hours of pre-work done before the training takes place. Because of this, there will be time given on either October 29th or October 30th for you to complete this pre-work. It needs to be turned in anywhere from 3-7 days before the training in November. Your pre-work needs to be turned in before you can join Zoom for the training.

Each presenter was given a list of staff members that are assigned to them. The presenter is in charge of enrolling those staff members into the Youth Mental Health First Aid database. The list of participants was done on an alphabetical basis. Here is the List of YMHFA Groups

You should be receiving an e-mail with instructions on what to do for your pre-work, and how to log-in to your zoom training. Please do not disregard any e-mails you will be getting about Youth Mental Health First Aid.

Here is what the schedule for the day will look like in November:

8-10:30am: Work time, your instructor may get ahold of you

10:30am - Virtual Session begins

12:00pm-12:45pm Lunch Break

12:45pm-Virtual Session resumes

2pm-2:15pm break

2:15-Virtual session resumes

3:30-Virtual session ends

What is Youth Mental Health First Aid?

The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders. Learn more: download the Mental Health First Aid for Youth one-pager.

Youth Mental Health First Aid is different than the NASRO Adolescent Mental Health Training that was held over the summer.

When will I get trained?

This year we are training all K-12 classroom teachers and building principals. (This did include MAPE and Special Ed teachers) Next year will be all Elementary non-classroom teachers (ex. psychs, social workers, school counselors, librarians, paras, OT, PT, Title, etc.), cooks, bus drivers, and central office staff. The following year will go back to year 1 of the cycle which includes all Secondary non-classroom teachers. We did not get to all of the secondary non-classroom teachers last year as 2 of the training were canceled due to COVID-19. Here is the YMHFA 6 year plan

What do I do if I have already attended this training?

Here is the link to the YMHFA Documentation Form that you can fill out if you have already attended Youth Mental Health First AId. Youth Mental Health First Aid is different than the NASRO Adolescent Mental Health Training that was held over the summer.

Here is the link to the Youth Mental Health First Aid Information Document

School Based Mental Health Updates

  • Please push out the SFAP information frequently, and to give a reminder that warm line support, for any family crisis including pandemic support, is available 24/7.

  • Please make sure your school newsletters being sent to families include a reminder of this service availability. It doesn't have to be a big bit of content, but wherever possible for any stressor (including quarantine or positive test impacts) that number should be included for the impacted families.

  • Mental Health Navigator Updates:

Shannon has worked with 67 families so far this school year with a total of 81 students.

SBMH=62 students

Community-Based=9 students

Telehealth=4 students

In Progress=6 students

Some of her work involves minimal requirements based on the source of the referral. If it is a CCS (Comprehensive Community Services) through the County, Shannon will request a release of information and then send the therapist the Contact Person sheet for the school. Other referrals from schools or parents involve more in depth work/time. This can include making three-way calls with the parent to Realiving to get the four free sessions authorized or making a three-way call to their insurance provider to determine which therapists are considered in-network. Shannon will also assist the family in calling the therapy agency to help them get set up or make a referral to the agency. She will also make calls with families to find out the Medicaid HMO or switch the HMO if parents are requesting to switch.

Shannon has been successful in getting releases of information signed for all but one family who has declined signing a release form.

Interconnected Systems Framework (ISF) Updates

Resources Available with our Interconnected Systems Framework:

  • 1 co-facilitated group (8 hrs total) per semester for each school (See list of available co-facilitated groups below)
  • Staff Professional Development (See list of available staff PD below)
  • 1 booth at each Parent/Teacher Conference (May not happen now due to COVID-19*)
  • Attendance at 4 School Counselor Meetings (Elementary, MS, HS)
  • DCLT meetings
  • Consultation Time for any staff member (Call 855-838-7170)

Co-facilitated groups available:

Coping Skills


Emotion Regulation

Social Skills

Self Care

NEW: Small group with a miniature therapy horse

NEW: Girls Group/Guys Group (middle school or high school) (virtual)

NEW: Social Skills Group (virtual)

NEW: Foster Parents Support and Education Group (virtual)

NEW: DBT Skills for Teens and Adolescents (virtual)

NEW: Narrative and Art Therapy (virtual)

NEW: Mindfulness for Adolescents and Teens (virtual)

PD Opportunities for staff:


Wellness/Self-care/Mental Health, etc. as requested

NEW: Common Mental Health Issues in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Anxiety (virtual)

NEW: Depression (virtual)

NEW: Autism- we have a student version and a school staff version of this (virtual)

NEW: ADD/ADHD (virtual)

NEW: Understanding Suicide and Self Harm in Youth (virtual)

NEW: Understanding and Supporting Trauma in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Supporting LGBTQ+ Population in Schools (virtual)

NEW: Tools for Your Toolbox- Classroom Strategies to Support Self-Regulation (virtual)

District and Community Leadership Team Updates

The District and Community Leadership Team (DCLT) is a group of school district and community executive level administration, who have the authority to reallocate resources, change policy, sustain, and scale the key elements and core features of the ISF. The DCLT meets at least three times throughout the school year.

Mission/Vision of DCLT: Our community partnerships will promote staff awareness and increase understanding of mental health supports and resources so all students will develop life-long resiliency

Please click here to see the October Agenda. During this meeting we had our new Telehealth agencies as our Spotlight presenters. There was a summary of the year 1 work done for the AWARE grant. There were several data updates including reports from REALiving as well as from Shannon Larson who is our District Mental Health Navigator, and we created our Action Plan for this year.


What is Your Self Care Super Power?

Three great ways to take care of yourself include: drinking water, getting exercise, and getting a good night sleep. These can be thought of as self care superpowers.

Enter Here and tell me what your self care super power is for your chance to win a prize!

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REALiving Staff Resources

EAP Call Center: 877.256.9302

(Call to access services in EAP, ask questions about EAP, connect with a counselor for phone support, connect with someone from REALiving for 'management consultation'- aka brainstorm ways to use the EAP to support your team, connect with any member of our EAP team for your OWN personal support during this stressful time). You can also email us at

All materials we have ever published are available at:


Username: CFAUSDistrict

Password: cfausd_employee

The ABC's to wellness can be accessed on the left side of the screen. We are posting the weekly covid specific issues there too.

The Champions of People can be accessed on the left side of the screen too. September - December issues are COVID specific.

Support Available

Real-Living Counselors are available 24/7 via the Student and Family Assistance Program (SFAP) phone line. The phone number is 855.838.7170

To schedule an appointment with the Employee Achievement Program (EAP), call 1-877-256-9302. To access other information visit: (username: CFAUSD password:cfausd_employee)

Wellness Resources including REALiving weekly articles.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or distressed over COVID-19,

you can call a distress line at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.

If you have additional questions about mental health resources in the

Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District, please see

Jamie Ganske

Director of Mental Health and Resiliency